Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
COSMOS sulphureus 'Bright Lights Mix'( BRIGHT LIGHTS SERIES)
This cosmos mixture adds brilliancy to the summer garden with its jewel-like flowers of orange, red and yellow. Bright Lights series cosmos are more compact and offer a wider range of colors than the species, a tall annual native to fields and open areas of Mexico. These colorful plants are suitable as bedding annuals, in wildflower gardens, or for filling gaps in well-drained mixed borders.
The upright, branching stems of these bushy plants are lined with ferny, deeply divided, rich green foliage, and are topped throughout summer with numerous semi-double daisies in four lively colors: yellow, deep gold, golden-orange and scarlet-orange. The flowers are composed of broad yet delicate, somewhat pleated ray petals surrounding bright yellow centers, and are followed by sharp, star-like clusters of brown seeds. Butterflies will visit and flutter among the bright blooms.
After danger of frost has passed, sow the seeds of these heat-loving, drought-tolerant annuals in full sun and moderately moist to somewhat dry, well-drained soil of low to modest fertility. Avoid excessive water and fertilizer, as these can result in leggy growth and fewer flowers. Plants may begin declining by midsummer, but prolonged bloom display can be achieved by sowing seeds in succession. Alternatively, the seeds of existing plants may be gathered and scattered on the ground. They should germinate quickly, resulting in fresh blooms by late summer to fall.
12 - 1
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Hybrid Origin, Mexico
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall
Yellow, Orange, Gold, Orange Red
Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower
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